Untitled (Self-Portrait), 1961
Pastel on paper
12 x 9 in. (30.5 x 22.8 cm)
Head #28, 1983
Ink on paper
29 x 21 1/2 in. (73.7 x 54.6 cm)
Lucas Samaras is born on September 14 in Kastoria, Greece.
Emigrates to West New York, New Jersey.
After entering the art world as a participant in a number of Happenings, begins making independent work.
Begins studying with Allan Kaprow at Rutgers University, New Jersey.
Studies acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory in New York.
Graduates from Rutgers University and receives a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship to study at Columbia University.
Creates his first box.
Moves to New York.
Begins making his “AutoPolaroids” series. His first film, Self, premieres at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Samaras’ first retrospective is held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and his first monograph, Lucas Samaras’ Boxes, is published.
Begins his “Photo-Transformations” series.
Traveling retrospectives are organized by the Denver Museum of Art. The latter travels to six American Museums.
Over 400 works are exhibited in Unrepentent Ego: The Self-Portraits of Lucas Samaras at the Whitney Museum of Art, New York.
Represents Greece at the 53rd Venice Biennale with Paraxena